Fat Girls Dance! (10. Dance in public)

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a dancer. Not in the traditional toddler ballet class way but a totally self-taught and often awkward way. Any of my close family members can tell you about how I’d dance in my crib to “It takes two” by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock. My grandfather calls me Boogie Woogie.

It’s taken me 29 years to realize the impact dance has had on me. I’ve been taking sporadic dance classes over the last few months but the Fat Girls Dance experience really put me over the edge in my gratitude. I feel best when I’m dancing.

 

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Me: “Is this a good dancer pose? Can you see my tail in the back? Why do dancers wear so much flannel? Okay, I’ll shut up”

 

Day 1 of Fat Girls Dance was all about self-love and dance classes. First was a class led by Drea of Dove Beauty where I created my own Dove Beauty commercial. Up next were classes taught by Amanda LaCount and Charity Holloway from 4ThirtyTwo. I’m honored to have learned from them. Their talent is so effortless! A quick video is on my Instagram.

Day 2 of FGD was focused on performance and celebration. Miss Eaves, Amanda LaCount, 4ThirtyTwo, Pretty Big Movement and the Fat Girls Dance team themselves put on an incredible show! After the performances, we ate and enjoyed the vibes. The DJ played all the hits and we were getting DOWN!

I am SO grateful to Cathleen and the rest of the Fat Girls Dance crew for hosting such a spectacular event.

Blogger Boo Staycation- Day 2

 

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G6 in Eloquii.

 

With such a great day prior, I wasn’t sure how we were going to top it! We kicked off day 2 with brunch at Alice’s Tea Cup- Chapter II. The hospitality and the food were out of this world (Hello chocolate chip scone)! I’m usually not much of a tea person but this trip might have changed that.

 

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Marlena & I looking fancy over tea. Photo credit: Jonquel

 

The jabbawocky was a great set up of scones, sandwiches, and cookies to complement the tea. Highly recommended The decor was cute and whimsy. We shared our stories with each other and had a really great chat about the things that brought us together.

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We wrapped up our conversation and delicious meal, excited for the next stop. SPA TIME! It’s been a very long time since I had been to a spa and the relaxation was much needed. Premier 57 provided us an experience that I’ll never forget.

 

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WHY ARE WE SO CUTE THOUGH?! Thanks Swimsuits4all!

 

After our tour of the facilities, I quickly hopped in the closest source of water. For those of you that don’t know, I LOVE hot water (The only thing more calming to me is music). The hydrotherapy pool was over 80 degrees. The group jacuzzi was even hotter. I was in HEAVEN.

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We continued our brunch conversation in the jacuzzi. We discussed future events, niche interests and our experiences in the industry. After a good soak, a few of us decided to check out the saunas.

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I skipped through the hall as I dipped into the chromotherapy sauna (see above), Himalayan salt sauna, gold sauna, Loess soil sauna, igloo sauna and the far-infrared sauna.

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Fabiola & I enjoying dinner at Premier 57.

The weekend was incredible! Many thanks to our weekend sponsors.

On to the next adventure!

Blogger Boo Staycation- Day 1 (#21. Socialize More)

It’s not often I get time to socialize and build relationships. I have a lot on my plate and rarely prioritize fun. When I was asked to take part in this staycation, I was honored and elated. Added bonus: It was Marcy‘s birthday! I joined Marlena, Nanthale, Jonquel and Fabiola in a weekend of knowledge, fun and relaxation.

(From left to right: Nanthale, Me, Marcy, Marlena, Jonquel & Fabiola)

We kicked off the weekend in our FullBeauty/WomanWithin outfits (My dress here. Thanks Woman Within!). We visited the Met and enjoyed the “Badass Bitches of the Met” tour (courtesy of Museum Hack) with our badass tour guide Sara. Sara introduced us to women artists as well as Audrey Munson (Audrey is the inspiration/muse for several of the sculptures found around NYC and the world!).

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After our trip to the museum, we swung by The Meatball Shop for lunch before heading down to the iPic Theater for a viewing of Girls Trip. On the ride there, we had the opportunity to learn a bit more about each other.

Being me. I’m the reason we can’t have nice things. xP

Although it was my second time watching the movie, it was extra special seeing it with a group of women. We sang and danced in our seats throughout the movie and tried to assign characters to each other (I’m Dina!). I went home realizing I don’t experience this kind of happiness often enough. Stay tuned for Day 2. We had even more fun!

30 things before 30

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Post Coheed and Cambria show. Photo by Marlena of Big City Curvy Girl Thin Wallet

Welcome to MadameFinehouse.com!

Today I turn 29. In the last decade I’ve joined the Army, been deployed to Iraq, got married (and divorced), had a baby, and modeled for New York Fashion week. Somewhere along the way I made a bucket list of sorts – 30 things I want to achieve by 30. This list is a work in progress but I wanted to share it with all of you.
1. Get comfortable becoming the center attention
2. Push beyond the comfort zone at least once a month
3. Start a blog
4. Learn to say no
5. Stop settling in relationships
6. Be a better parent
7. Create a resume writing workshop
8. Promotion!
9. Travel more
10. Dance in public
11. Hit 401k milestone
12. Define Spring/Summer style
13. Define Fall/Winter style
14. Go to a casting call
15. Post a cover to YouTube
16. Sing on a stage (not karaoke)
17. Learn to play an instrument
18. Seek vocal coaching
19. Be more interactive on social media
20. Spend more time learning
21. Socialize more
22. Start working on book
23. Choreographed dance
24. Be on TV
25. Schedule self care days
26. 8 beach days/year
27. Meditate/ Learn to be still
28. Speak on a panel
29. Get my first post sponsored
30. Learn to forgive

I value authenticity and want to extend that to the friends and community I’ve built through social media. Join me as I finish kicking this list’s ass (and share the stories of how I’ve completed the rest)in the next 365 days.